Florida Car Accident Prevention: Tips for Older Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on July 11, 2011

Car Accident attorney SarasotaAs we age, our risk of being in a Florida motor vehicle accident also increases. Researchers suggest that this is likely due to age-related declines in vision and cognitive functioning (ability to reason and remember), as well as physical changes (such as arthritis or reduced strength).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 500 older adults are injured every day in crashes.

While driving plays an important role in many older adults' mobility and independence, driver safety is equally as important. If you are a driver age 65 or older, you may want to consider the following safety tips, as detailed by the CDC:

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to reduce possible side effects and drug interactions.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year, and wearing your glasses and contact lenses as required.
  • Plan your route before you drive.
  • Leave a large following distance behind the car in front of you.
  • Avoid distractions in your car, such as listening to a loud radio, talking on your cell phone, texting, and eating.
  • Consider potential alternatives to driving, such as riding with a friend or using public transit.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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